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Scripps Institution of OceanographyLife on the abyssal floor (1970)

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Description: The film consists of the best footage of benthic life generated by the "Monster Camera" project conducted in 1970. In this NSF-sponsored project, Isaacs and his team dropped a bait pail, light source and cine camera on the sea floor at various locations at depths of 200-3700 meters in order to get photographs of life on the sea floor. The film includes a detailed description of the underwater camera system and images of sea floor activity. This film was initially shown to scientists and was later shown to the general public at the SIO Aquarium Museum.

Source: 1 Reel of 1: Film: 16mm

Collection: SIO Marine Life Research Program Film, c1970

Call Number: 92-24

Rights: Public domain. No restrictions on use.

Digitized by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP).

This movie is part of the collection: University of California, San Diego, Library

Producer: Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Audio/Visual: Sound, Color
Language: English
Keywords: californialightandsound
Contact Information: UC San Diego Library, 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, CA 92093, Telephone: (858) 534-3336,

Creative Commons license: Public Domain Mark 1.0

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Reviewer: barticle - 2.00 out of 5 stars2.00 out of 5 stars - January 23, 2013
Subject: Bad audio
The video quality is not bad for an old 15mm film. Unfortunately the audio is so bad I could understand hardly anything the narrator said.


Writer: Schwartzlose, Richard; Shutts, Richard L.
Editor: Shutts, Richard L.; Smith III, Rex

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